History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to the brethren that the subject was now before them, and open  <February 12> for discussion. The subject was discussed By Presidents  and ; and elder , and others, and  resolutions were drafted by who served as clerk on  the occasion; read and rejected; It was then proposed that I  should indite resolutions which I did as follows.
<Rules of ordination> 1st. Resolved that no one be ordained to any office in the  church, in this Stake of Zion, at without the unan imous voice of the several bodies that constitute this quorum,  who are appointed to do church business in the name of  said church:— viz. the presidency of the church and Council.  The Twelve apostles of the Lamb, The twelve High Councillors  of , the Twelve High counsellors of Zion, the  of and his counsellors, The of Zion and his  counsellors, the seven presidents of the seventies, until  otherwise ordered by the said quorums.
2d. And further, Resolved that no one be ordained in the  branches of said church abroad unless they are recom mended by the voice of the respective b[r]anches of the  church to which they belong, to a general conference  appointed by the heads of the church, and from that  conference receive their ordination.
The foregoing  resolutions were concurred in by the presidents of the Seventies.

13 February 1836 • Saturday

<13> Saturday 13th. Spent the day in reading Hebrew. At noon I  prepared a horse and Sleigh for to go to  <Council of the  Twelve on  ordination> and see his family. “At 1 o clock P.M. The council  of the Twelve Apostles met in the , and  after prayer and consultation, upon the nature and ex pediency of the preceding resolutions, offered in council on the  12th instant. It was unanimously agreed to offer the fol lowing amendment to the 2d. Resolution (perfectly acqui escing in the first.) viz, that none be ordained to any  office in the branches to which they belong, but by to <to be recommended to> a general  conference appointed by those, or under the direction of  those who are designated in the Book of Doctrine and  Covenants, as having authority to ordain and set in  order all the officers of the church abroad, and from  that conference receive their ordination.
)Clerks,”
. Chairman.)

14 February 1836 • Sunday

<Sunday 14.> Sunday 14th. Attended to the ordinance of Baptism before  meeting. At the usual hour attended meeting. The presidents  of the Seventy expressed their feelings on the occasion, and  their faith in the Book of Mormon and the Revelations  Also their entire confidence in all the Quorums that are  organized in the church of Latter Day Saints. A good time,  the Spirit of God rested upon the Congregation. Adminis tered the Sacrament, and confirmed a number who had  been baptized, and dismissed. [p. 704]
to the brethren that the subject was now before them, and open February 12 for discussion. The subject was discussed By Presidents and ; and elder , and others, and resolutions were drafted by who served as clerk on the occasion; read and rejected; It was then proposed that I should indite resolutions which I did as follows.
Rules of ordination 1st. Resolved that no one be ordained to any office in the church, in this Stake of Zion, at without the unanimous voice of the several bodies that constitute this quorum, who are appointed to do church business in the name of said church:— viz. the presidency of the church and Council. The Twelve apostles of the Lamb, The twelve High Councillors of , the Twelve High counsellors of Zion, the of and his counsellors, The of Zion and his counsellors, the seven presidents of the seventies, until otherwise ordered by the said quorums.
2d. And further, Resolved that no one be ordained in the branches of said church abroad unless they are recommended by the voice of the respective branches of the church to which they belong, to a general conference appointed by the heads of the church, and from that conference receive their ordination.
The foregoing resolutions were concurred in by the presidents of the Seventies.

13 February 1836 • Saturday

13 Saturday 13th. Spent the day in reading Hebrew. At noon I prepared a horse and Sleigh for to go to Council of the Twelve on ordination and see his family. “At 1 o clock P.M. The council of the Twelve Apostles met in the , and after prayer and consultation, upon the nature and expediency of the preceding resolutions, offered in council on the 12th instant. It was unanimously agreed to offer the following amendment to the 2d. Resolution (perfectly acquiescing in the first.) viz, that none be ordained to any office in the branches to which they belong, but to to be recommended to a general conference appointed by those, or under the direction of those who are designated in the Book of and Covenants, as having authority to ordain and set in order all the officers of the church abroad, and from that conference receive their ordination.
)Clerks,”
. Chairman.)

14 February 1836 • Sunday

Sunday 14. Sunday 14th. Attended to the ordinance of Baptism before meeting. At the usual hour attended meeting. The presidents of the Seventy expressed their feelings on the occasion, and their faith in the Book of Mormon and the Revelations Also their entire confidence in all the Quorums that are organized in the church of Latter Day Saints. A good time, the Spirit of God rested upon the Congregation. Administered the Sacrament, and confirmed a number who had been baptized, and dismissed. [p. 704]
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